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Severe dental trauma can be caused by sports injuries, household accidents, and automotive collisions. Sometimes a blow to the face can traumatize soft oral tissues and even knock out a tooth or cause it to severely fracture near the gumline.

In a moment like this quality first-aid is essential for managing pain and minimizing complications while you seek professional dental care from a dentist like Dr. Lara Perry.

If the incident has left you with blood or unwanted material in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away and with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues in your mouth and give you a better look at the traumatized area.

There’s a slight chance that Dr. Lara Perry can insert the tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and still alive. Holding the knocked out tooth between your cheek and gums will suffice. If you suspect it will take you longer than half an hour to reach Dr. Lara Perry’s clinic, you might want to try using a tooth-preservation product.

This is a simple canister filled with a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. The mineral solution will help keep the tooth alive while you are in transit.

Even if the tooth is no longer complete or it has been severely traumatized Dr. Lara Perry might perform a root canal to restore the structure of the tooth. Once this is done, she can start the process of fitting you for a basic dental crown.

If the damage to the tooth or the dental socket is severe, Dr. Lara Perry might recommend extracting the remnants of the root and suturing your gums. Later, shecan help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.  

If you are in the New Braunfels, Texas, area and you have just suffered a knocked out tooth or other forms of dental trauma, you should call 830-626-1002 to schedule an emergency treatment at Hill Country Dental.